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Author Guy Boysen begins by surveying the wide array of programs and institutions aspiring faculty should consider, including doctoral and master’s programs at public and private universities, community colleges, and baccalaureate colleges. He then reviews the ideal skills, experience, and professional connections that students should accumulate during graduate school. Readers will learn strategies for writing CVs, cover letters, and other application materials; securing effective letters of recommendation; preparing for phone, video, and on‑campus interviews; and negotiating terms of employment after being offered a job.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to the Profession!
Why This Book Is Necessary
Types of Faculty Positions
The Job Market
Your Guide to Success in the Job Market
Chapter 1. The Varieties of Academic Experiences: Types of Institutions
Variations on Themes
Chapter 2. The Fundamental Research and Teaching Experiences Needed to Be a Psychology Professor
Chapter 3. Professional Service, Engagement, and Connections
Professional Service and Engagement
Matching Professional Services and Engagement to Your Desired Job
Matching Professional Connections to Your Desired Job
Chapter 4. Searching for and Selecting Open Positions
When to Start the Job-Search Process
Determining Your Search Parameters
Finding Job Advertisements
Interpreting the Written and Unwritten Messages in Job Advertisements
Methods for Investigating Jobs
It's All About Fit
Chapter 5. Creating a Curriculum Vitae
Typical CV Content
How Search Committees at Different Institutions Read CVs
The CV as a 30-Second Advertisement About You
Chapter 6. Application Materials and the Application Process
The Cover Letter: An Abstract of Your Fit With the Position
The Teaching Statement as an Expression of Model Teaching
The Research Statement as a Sign of Past Productivity and Future Potential
Other Application Materials and What They Mean
Securing Meaningful Letters of Recommendation
Rules for Communicating (or Not) With the College and the Search Committee
Chapter 7. Interviewing
Phone and Video Interviews
The On-Campus Interview
On-Campus Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer
Questions to Ask During the On-Campus Interview
Chapter 8. Job Offers and Negotiations
The Job Offer Timeline
Final Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting an Offer
Negotiating: Yes, You Really Have to Do It
Dealing With Declined Offers and Rejections
It Is All About Fit
The Best Job in the World
Appendix: The Job Search Timeline
About the Author
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